November 14, 2009
Mississippi State certainly will not be intimidated this afternoon when the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide roll into Starkville.
The Bulldogs have stood toe-to-toe with some of the nation's best at Davis Wade Stadium with four of their five home opponents being ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season including strong showings against No. 1 Florida and No. 7 LSU.
MSU also has the advantage of coming off a bye week and have won two of the last three contests against the Crimson Tide including a 17-12 victory in Starkville in 2007.
Despite their recent success the Bulldogs have a long way to go to catch up in the series as Alabama holds a 78-18-3 advantage between the two schools.
The Bulldogs led Alabama early in the second quarter 7-5 last season in Tuscaloosa before the Tide turned it on late scoring 27 unanswered points for the 32-7 win. Alabama had 364 yards of total offense last year with 198 yards on the ground and another 166 through the air. The Bulldogs managed only 167 yards with 132 yards passing and 35 yards rushing.
John Parker Wilson completed 10-of-17 passing for 148 yards and a rushing touchdown for Alabama in the 2008 contest while Mark Ingram toted 12 times for 78 yards and a score. Julio Jones was the leading receiver grabbing three balls for 53 yards.
Tyson Lee connected on 11-of-28 passing for 132 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in that game. Anthony Dixon led the Bulldogs in both rushing and receiving with 11 carries for 26 yards and four catches for 32 yards out of the backfield.
State enters today's game with a 2-3 record in the Southeastern Conference and are 4-5 overall. The Bulldogs have to win two of its next three contests to become bowl eligible.
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